Irena Manolova

The Bulgarian-born Irena Manolova (89), internationally acclaimed marimba and percussion artist, started playing percussion at the age of six. In 2016 Irena got awarded the Start-Stipendium Scholarship by the Federal Chancellery of Austria for her project Popularization of Marimba, which allowed her to complete her studies with the Japanese composer and marimba soloist Keiko Abe at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo. 

The marimbist is a winner of numerous solo and chamber music competitions, among which are: Laureate of Yordan Kamdzhalov’s Foundation in Sofia (2016); Fidelio Chamber Music Competition in Vienna (2014&2015); ARTos Soloist Music Prize in Antwerp (2013); First Prize for Chamber Music at the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium (2011); Marimba Solo laureate of the International Marimba Competition in Fermo (2010) and of the International Competition Music and Earth in Sofia (2008) etc. She performed in concert halls and venues including the Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Vienna State Opera, ORF Radiokulturhaus, MuTh in Vienna; Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam; Stadsschouwburg Leuven and deSingel Antwerp in Belgium; Auditorio de Tenerife in Spain, etc. Irena gained her experience as an orchestral percussionist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Amsterdam, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra etc. 

Tomasz Goliński

Tomasz Goliński (86) is a Polish composer, marimbist and percussionist. He is one of the leading composers and performers of his generation on the international marimba/percussion scene. Only at the age of 28, Tomasz’s Double Percussion Concerto No.1 was commissioned and premiered in 2015 by Tuopali Duo, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Maestro Eckart Preu (USA) during the International Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife at the Auditorio de Tenerife in Spain. His Double Marimba Concerto No.2 was premiered in 2017 by Lucid Duo, Koszalin Philharmonic and Maestro Simone Zuccatti in Koszalin (Poland), followed by the World Premiere of his Marimba Concertino Luminosity by Mark Ford and Opole Philharmonic during the Drum Fest 2018 in Opole (Poland), commissioned by Mark Ford/University of North Texas. In 2019 Filippo Lattanzi performed the Italian Premiere of Luminosity Concertino together with the Orchestra della Fondazione Petruzzelli in Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari under the baton of Luigi Piovano.